Padatha Painkili

Padatha Painkili (Malayalam: പാടാത്ത പൈങ്കിളി, English: The Mute Nightingale) is a 1957 Malayalam social drama film based on the novel of the same name by Muttathu Varkey and directed by P. Subramaniam from a screenplay by Varkey.[1][2] The film is a social drama that revolves around marriage and dowry problems. It depicts the machinations of a wicked, though wealthy man, against a poverty-stricken, God-fearing school master, with the final defeat of evil in the end. It stars Prem Nazir, Miss Kumari and Shanthi in the lead roles.

Padatha Painkili
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Directed byP. Subramaniam
Produced byP. Subramaniam
Screenplay byMuttathu Varkey
Based onPadatha Painkili
by Muttathu Varkey
StarringPrem Nazir
Miss Kumari
K. V. Shanthi
Music byBrother Lakshmanan
Edited byK. D. George
Release date
  • 22 March 1957 (1957-03-22)

The film released in theatres on 22 March and went on to become a major critical and commercial success.[1] It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.[3]


Vendor Kutty (Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair), a wealthy villager, is jealous and scheming to marry his daughter Lucy (Shanthi) to the richest bachelor of the town. He is, however, jealous of Luke (T. S. Muthiah), the neighbour, who is a kind-hearted village school teacher and has a daughter Chinnamma (Miss Kumari), of marriageable age.

Thankachan (Prem Nazir) is the rich man of the locality and the prospective groom of Lucy. When he meets with an accident, both Chinnamma and Lucy happen to be there and Lucy rushes home to get some cloth for a bandage, the simple hearted Chinnamma tears her only upper cloth and offers first-aid to Thankachan. This simple act makes a bond between the two and Thankachan in turn offers financial help to Chinnamma when her father is taken sersiouly ill.

Chinnamma is being engaged to the Beeri-maker, Chakkaravakkal (Bahadoor), whose father demands a big dowry. Luke makes herculian effort to raise money but Kutty is determined to see that he is unable to secure the loan.

Chinnamma's marriage is fixed for the day when Lucy is to be betrothed to Thankachan. The marriage party is at Luke's door. On the instigation of Kutty, Vakkan's father insists on the promised dowry. But the poor father is unable to produce it. The marriage stands dissolved.

In the neighbourhood, Thankachan has come for his betrothal with Lucy. He comes to know of Luke's predicament. On the spur of the moment he decides to marry Chinnamma and the story ends on a happy note.


The film marks the debut of Shanthi. Bahadoor got his first break with his role as Chakkaravakkal.


The film's music has been composed by Brother Lakshmanan with lyrics penned by Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair.

  1. "Aaru Nee Agathiyo" — Kamukara, Santha P. Nair
  2. "Kaalithan Thozhuthil" — P. Leela, Chorus
  3. "Kalyaanaraave (Bit)" — Santha P. Nair
  4. "Madhumaasamayallo" — Kamukara, Santha P. Nair
  5. "Mangalam" — Kamukara, Santha P. Nair
  6. "Naaduchutti Odivaroo" — Mehboob
  7. "Naayaka Poroo" — Uncategorized
  8. "Njan Natta Thoomulla" — Santha P. Nair
  9. "Paadedi Paadedi" — Kamukara, C. S. Radhadevi
  10. "Poomani Kovilil" — Santha P. Nair
  11. "Snehame Karayatta Nin Kai" — Kamukara
  12. "Thanthoya Thenundu" — P. Gangadharan Nair, C. S. Radhadevi
  13. "Vellaambal Poothu" — Kamukara, Santha P. Nair



  1. ^ a b B. Vijayakumar (14 February 2009). "Padatha Painkili 1957". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. ^ M. A. Oommen, Kumbattu Varkey Joseph (1991). Economics of Indian cinema. ISBN 9788120405752.
  3. ^ "State Awards for Films". Directorate of Film Festivals, India. 1958: 3. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "5th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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